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201  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Germany: Is the official story about Munich a cover-up? on: July 31, 2016, 10:30:09 AM
http://shoebat.com/2016/07/23/the-munich-massacre-is-a-complete-coverup-the-munich-shooters-facebook-including-his-family-background-shows-he-is-not-iranian-but-a-syrian-islamist-pro-turkey/
202  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tin foil? on: July 30, 2016, 11:02:07 PM
https://www.facebook.com/UncleSamsMisguidedChildren.Net/videos/529539240575413/
203  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AQ financier frequented Clinton White House on: July 30, 2016, 08:39:27 PM
http://counterjihad.com/abdourahman-alamoudi-jailed-al-qaeda-financier-frequented-clinton-white-house
204  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AQ financier frequented Clinton White House on: July 30, 2016, 08:39:07 PM
http://counterjihad.com/abdourahman-alamoudi-jailed-al-qaeda-financier-frequented-clinton-white-house
205  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Europe on: July 30, 2016, 08:38:34 PM
It is important that we report this sort of story too.  We seek Truth.
206  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Education on: July 30, 2016, 04:32:55 PM
The world retains its ability to surprise.
207  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / SAnta Barbara CA desalinization plant on: July 30, 2016, 04:25:38 PM
http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/santa-barbara-desalinization-plant-finished-in-1993-opens-in-2018/
208  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cong. Tammy Duckworth against Israeli missile defense on: July 30, 2016, 09:36:09 AM
More Democrat Anti-Israel Efforts by Major Clinton Supporter
July 29, 2016 By Stephen Frank Leave a Comment

    The DNC hacked emails shows the Party was willing to smear Bernie Sanders with the “crime” of being born Jewish.  Obama used your tax dollars to try to defeat Netanyahu for the leadership of Israel.  He spent time early in his administration denouncing Bush and apologizing to terrorist for opposing them.  The Democrat Party hates Israel.  Now we have another example.

    Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Ducksworth, who used her speech before the Democrat convention to denounce Donald Trump as dangerous, herself decided to put their safety and security of Israel at risk.

    “Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.), a House Armed Services Committee member and Hillary Clinton ally, told observers that U.S. funding for Israel’s missile defense systems is not the “best solution.”

    Duckworth’s criticism of longstanding U.S. funding for Israeli security needs drew criticism from pro-Israel congressional advocates who have sought for years to ensure the Jewish state can defend against attacks by rogue terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.”

    Who do Democrats hate Israel?  Because it is a free State.  Why does the American Jewish’s community continue to support those that want to do it harm?  Crazy.  (full disclosure, I am Jewish).
    Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

    Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

Clinton Ally, Lawmaker Rejects U.S. Funding for Israeli Security Needs

Duckworth opposes helping Israel protect against terrorism

BY: Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon,  7/28/16

PHILADELPHIA—A Democratic lawmaker scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday evening has come out against U.S. funding for critical Israeli security needs, sparking criticism about her commitment to joint U.S.-Israeli efforts to fight terrorists.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.), a House Armed Services Committee member and Hillary Clinton ally, told observers that U.S. funding for Israel’s missile defense systems is not the “best solution.”

Duckworth’s criticism of longstanding U.S. funding for Israeli security needs drew criticism from pro-Israel congressional advocates who have sought for years to ensure the Jewish state can defend against attacks by rogue terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

The comments come as criticism of Israel has emerged as a centerpiece of the Democratic convention. One lawmaker compared Jewish Israeli settlers to “termites” earlier this week, and protesters on the streets of Philadelphia have burned the Israeli flag.

“Oftentimes the best path to a security is peace,” Duckworth said at an event sponsored by J Street, a Middle East advocacy group known for its criticism of Israel. “Sometimes the best solution is not more weapons; sometimes the best solution is actually entering negotiations and find a way to work together in peace.”

Duckworth’s comments have been interpreted as a shot at a bipartisan effort to ensure that Israel receives full funding from the United States for its security needs. The pro-Israel effort is being spearheaded by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill,), whom Duckworth is seeking to unseat in November. At least 35 senators from both parties have lent their support to the effort.

“These joint U.S.-Israel programs continue to yield critical defense capabilities that protect Israel from missile and rocket threats from as near as the Gaza Strip and Lebanon to as far as Iran,” the senators wrote in a letter to the chair and vice chair of the Senate subcommittee on defense appropriations, which was also backed by Sens. David Vitter (R., La.), David Perdue (R., Ga.), Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), and Tim Kaine (D., Va.), who was selected as Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.

“As you know, investments over the years in U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs have saved the lives of countless civilians from indiscriminate rocket and missile attacks,” the letter states.

Kirk told the Free Beacon that Duckworth’s stance is not supported by the majority of Congress.

“This administration repeatedly ignored Iran’s illegal missile launches and threats against Israel in order to protect the flawed Iran nuclear deal,” Kirk said. “The bipartisan majority of the United States Senate agrees with the American people in favor of Israel missile defense to protect innocent people against terrorist rocket and missile attacks.”

Kevin Artl, a spokesman for the Kirk campaign, told the Washington Free Beacon that Duckworth is embracing fringe policies in order to ingratiate herself with the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

“Another reckless and irresponsible foreign policy position by Duckworth who is clearly kowtowing to her top financial contributors at the J Street PAC,” Artl said. “What is becoming abundantly clear is that Duckworth’s national security views are being driven by those who fill her campaign coffers.”

Duckworth has been a vocal supporter of the Iran nuclear agreement, which paved the way for Tehran to access billions of dollars in once-frozen assets.

One top official with a prominent pro-Israel organization described Duckworth’s position as dangerous to Israel’s security and the Democratic Party’s support for Israel.

“Hezbollah has 150,000 rockets and missiles pointed at Israeli civilians and Duckworth is trying to prevent the Israelis from being able to defend themselves against these weapons,” said the source. “This position is so fringe it’s even to the left of President Obama, who regardless of his differences with the Israeli government, has always been clear that the United States must always ensure that the Israelis have what they need to defend themselves.”

Update 9:33 p.m.: Following publication, a Duckworth spokesman told the Free Beacon, “Congresswoman Duckworth did not criticize the Senate letter. As the only member of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on the Armed Services Committee, she has been a strong advocate for Israel’s security and self defense. The Congresswoman has consistently supported military aid for Israel, including voting to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for missile defense programs like Iron Dome
209  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues on: July 30, 2016, 09:28:12 AM
Drifting away from the subject of this thread , , ,
210  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Indonesia guards its front door on: July 30, 2016, 09:25:48 AM

Indonesia Guards Its Front Door
Analysis
July 28, 2016 | 09:30 GMT Print
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The Indonesian government blows up a foreign fishing vessel in its waters earlier this year. Indonesian authorities have confronted at least three Chinese fishing boats in 2016 near the country's remote and resource-rich Natuna Islands. (SEI RATIFA/AFP/Getty Images)
Forecast

    Chinese fishing vessels will continue to cross into Indonesia's exclusive economic zone near the Natuna Islands.
    Indonesia will maintain its aggressive stance to cement its hold on the area — part of its broader imperative to control the sprawling archipelago.
    Jakarta will build military, fishing and energy facilities on the islands, pursuing a strategy similar to that of other claimants in the South China Sea.

Analysis

At least three times this year, Indonesian authorities have confronted Chinese fishing vessels in the waters near the remote Natuna Islands, an area whose 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) overlaps China's expansive nine-dash line. Each time, Jakarta has made a point of widely publicizing the incursions despite Beijing's objections. In the wake of the run-ins, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the islands and promised to boost defense, fishing and natural gas production in the area. Despite its provocative fishing activities in the South China Sea, however, China is not the sole target of Indonesia's defensive measures; Jakarta has also made a public show of destroying dozens of Malaysian and Vietnamese vessels found fishing in the area. For Indonesia, protecting the Natuna Islands — however small and remote they may be — is key to exerting control of its territory and affirming its position in Asia's waterways.

A Maritime Fulcrum

Indonesia holds an unparalleled position in the Pacific. Its islands stretch from the Andaman to the Philippine Sea, covering more than 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles), a span wider than the continental United States. What's more, in a region whose geopolitics revolves around water, Indonesia sits at the juncture of Asia's two key oceans, the Indian and the Pacific. But the nation is also intensely fragmented. Of its 17,508 islands, only 6,000 are inhabited, and water covers most of Indonesia's territory. Anti-imperialist sentiment first united these disparate and ethnically distinct islands, and then decades of military rule and anticommunist fervor held them together. After emerging from New Order rule of longtime President Suharto in 1998, however, the country needed a new unifying strategy.


EEZ

The 1994 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea grants nations an exclusive economic zone of up to 200 nautical miles from the coast and around some islands, carrying rights to marine resources. This makes the official status of tiny rocks, reefs and islands essential.

Under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who took office in 2014, that strategy has been to make Indonesia a "maritime fulcrum" between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Controlling the seas that constitute so much of Indonesia's territory is not only essential to keep the nation together, but it also enables Indonesia to increase its prominence in Asia, making it an indispensible nation to Pacific powers. Jokowi's fulcrum concept boils down to three main priorities: to build up maritime defense, focus on securing and exploiting resources, and develop logistics throughout the archipelago. The idea is not to turn Indonesia into a great power in the Pacific but to make the most of its position by ensuring control over its broad swath of territory. Only with full control of its waterways and flanking oceans can Indonesia take advantage of its position on key trade routes. To do so requires building up naval capabilities and port connectivity.

Troubling the Waters

Though Indonesia has an imperative to control the entire archipelago, certain areas must to be targeted first. The Natunas, a group of 272 islands in the Tudjuh archipelago at the northern edge of Riau Islands Province, are among them. But as the regional powers challenge the balance established by the United States — the Pacific's pre-eminent force — Indonesia's maritime fulcrum strategy has run up against China's own push into the South China Sea. Patrol vessels from Indonesia's Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries encountered and apprehended a Chinese fishing vessel near the Natuna Islands on March 20, detaining its crew and taking the boat in tow. After a Chinese coast guard vessel intervened and freed the fishing boat, Beijing insisted that its fishermen had been in China's traditional waters, a phrase China often uses in defense of its fishing vessels' forays inside the nine-dash line. A second run-in occurred on May 27, when an Indonesian navy frigate seized another Chinese fishing boat for fishing in roughly the same area. And last month, Jakarta announced a third confrontation, in which Indonesian naval vessels fired warning shots at Chinese-flagged fishing vessels on June 18. Some reports indicate that seven crew members were detained, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry said one fisherman was shot.

China is not particularly interested in provoking Indonesia over this remote corner of the South China Sea. For one thing, between the Philippines and Vietnam, Beijing has bigger problems. For another, China does not want to make Indonesia any more receptive than it already is to military cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a U.S.-supported alliance structure of which Indonesia is a member. But by encouraging its fishermen to fish along the full extent of the nine-dash line, Beijing is pursuing a dangerous strategy to shore up its claims in the South China Sea. As the largely autonomous, ungovernable fishing vessels follow fish over wide stretches of sea, they inevitably pass into disputed waters. For Beijing, these incursions are a net positive, reinforcing their claims to traditional use. At the same time, however, they invite unpredictable reactions from the countries that claim the waters. In this case, Indonesia's response seems to have taken China by surprise.

An Unforgiving Policy

Indonesia has become increasingly staunch in defending the Natunas, not only against China but also against its neighbors. In late 2014, Indonesia implemented a policy whereby foreign fishing vessels that are in its waters illegally are sunk. Some of the earliest vessels sunk were Chinese, but since December 2014, many have been Malaysian or Vietnamese. Of the 57 fishing vessels that Indonesia has detained in 2016 for illegally fishing around the Natuna Islands, 49 were Vietnamese.

Since Vietnam and Malaysia are closer to Indonesia than China is, their fishing vessels are a more regular nuisance (the EEZ is formalized by treaty neither on its northern boundary with Vietnam nor on part of its eastern boundary with Malaysia). But China poses a more pressing threat to Indonesia's territorial integrity. That large Chinese coast guard vessels intervened on behalf of the fishing vessels seized near the Natunas underscores that threat. Territorial disputes with Malaysia and Vietnam, by contrast, have been put on the back burner. In fact, Malaysia is keen to cooperate with Indonesia not only in the Malacca Strait, an area of shared interest, but also in the far-flung Sulu and Celebes seas to curb piracy. The sudden escalation with China has caused Jakarta to question whether it needs to double down on its maritime strategy to manage a different sort of neighbor.

A Sea of Resources

Though the Natuna Islands are just one of many regions that Indonesia wants to secure, they have become a priority for Jakarta. Visiting the islands on June 23, shortly after the third fishing boat incident, Jokowi called the Natunas the "front door" of Indonesia. The country controls most of the waters approaching the Malacca Strait through the Natunas' EEZ. Moreover, the route is key to east-west trade (especially for the economies of Northeast Asia), and its importance will only grow: By the mid-2020s, the Asia-Pacific region's demand for oil will likely rise by at least 5 million barrels per day, meaning that nearly one-fifth of the world's oil will pass through the region.

In addition, the islands provide access to vital resources. The fisheries near the Natunas offer opportunities for Indonesia to expand its fishing beyond core areas where overfishing has devastated stocks of several species. After the incidents with Chinese fishing boats, Jakarta announced plans to raise the catch in the Natuna Sea from 9.3 percent of sustainable levels to 40 percent by mid-2017 — up to 1 million tons of production. Jakarta also plans to relocate 400 fishing vessels from Java by the end of October and up to 6,000 over the long term. The Natuna EEZ boasts the West Natuna Basin, already an important area for natural gas production. Furthermore, the East Natuna Field, located in the northern part of the Natuna EEZ, is the largest untapped natural gas field in Asia, containing an estimated 1.3 trillion cubic meters of recoverable natural gas. Indonesia is banking on the East Natuna Field — in addition to those on Papua — to expand its natural gas production by as much as 70 percent over the next decade. In fact, on July 12, state-owned energy company Pertamina announced plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Co. and to start operations before 2030.

Given all that the islands have to offer, it is not surprising that Indonesian military leaders have been calling to bolster defense of the Natuna Islands for the past two years. Since March, Jakarta has unveiled various plans to do so. Less than a week after Jokowi's visit to the islands, Indonesia's legislature voted to increase the 2016 defense budget by nearly 10 percent, to around $8.25 billion. A few days later, the Indonesian government announced plans to build military bases on the islands and to improve the existing Ranai air base. On July 13, Indonesia's minister of defense pledged to send warships and a fighter jet to the area, deploy surface-to-air missiles, and improve ports and airstrips.

But boosting Indonesia's presence in the Natunas — whether through military deployments, fishing activity or energy production — will take time. In the meantime, incursions by Chinese (as well as Vietnamese and Malaysian) vessels will continue. And though they are Indonesia's front door, the Natunas are just one part of Jakarta's larger strategy to achieve control of its vast territorial holdings.

Lead Analyst: Evan Rees
211  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama vs. Sun Tzu on: July 29, 2016, 11:13:31 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/06/16/obama-vs-sun-tzu-deadly-price-not-making-threat-assessment/
212  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Reuters changes poll methodology on: July 29, 2016, 09:27:26 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/07/29/reuters-ipsos-poll-change-methodology/
213  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WHi is Baraq covering for Russki war crimes in Syria? on: July 29, 2016, 09:18:24 PM
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/28/why-s-obama-covering-for-russian-war-crimes-in-syria.html

OTOH transgenders in our military and multi-sex bathrooms are a different matter!

Would Trump do any different with the Russkis?
214  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / FBI warned EDC of Russki cyber attack in March; also on: July 29, 2016, 09:15:42 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-hillary-clinton-cyber-attack-000000269.html?nhp=1


Separately:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/politics/clinton-campaign-hacked-russians.html
215  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The electoral process, vote fraud, SEIU/ACORN et al, etc. on: July 29, 2016, 08:57:25 PM
Quelle surprise , , ,
216  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Baraq issues EO on: July 29, 2016, 08:55:46 PM
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/07/foghorn/breaking-obama-issues-executive-order-may-drive-gunsmiths-business/
217  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Should FOX have covered this speech? on: July 29, 2016, 08:40:59 PM
http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/khizr-khan-speech-democratic-national-convention-fox-news-cuts-away-1201826532/
218  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Federal Appeals court strikes down voter ID law in NC on: July 29, 2016, 12:57:29 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-voter-id-provision.html?emc=edit_na_20160729&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
219  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: July 29, 2016, 12:45:54 PM
But I posted it for its reference to various pro-Putin/Russia comments from Trump over the years.
220  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary the Hawk on: July 29, 2016, 12:44:22 PM
Of course I get the logic here, but a candidate asking a foreign power to intervene in our elections sets a REALLY bad precedent.  It would appear that Trump flapped his gums here AGAIN, without really thinking.  There are still plenty of seriously patriotic people still seriously pissed off over his calls for water boarding and more and killing the families of the enemy.   Remember the letter signed by many serious military people saying they would be forced to disobey and his comment in the debate "They'll do it because I said so?".   The four star Marine general who endorsed Hillary at the convention last night does , , ,

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https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/27/hillary-the-hawk-a-history-clinton-2016-military-intervention-libya-iraq-syria/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=Flashpoints
221  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Glick: Time to walk away from US aid on: July 29, 2016, 12:23:17 PM
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-one-Time-to-walk-away-from-US-aid-462677
222  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Donald Trump and Putin/Russia on: July 29, 2016, 09:22:32 AM
Trump has an extended history of making favorable comments about Putin and better relations with Russia.

How far is he willing to go down this road?

Are we willing to go there with him?

For example:

If Russia takes his out loud ruminations about maybe not defending Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia as a permission slip to start fg with and/or invading them, what then?

If we ally with Putin against ISIS, does not Iran become the regional hegemon?

What implications for Israel?

What implications for conflict with Turkey?  NATO Article 5 issues?

Deep waters here and it is not clear to me that Donald fully realizes this.
223  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The USS Harvey Milk on: July 29, 2016, 08:59:40 AM
https://news.usni.org/2016/07/28/navy-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk
224  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Donald Trump and Putin/Russia on: July 29, 2016, 08:41:32 AM
There does seem to be a pattern with huuuge implications here.  Are we willing to go down this road with Donald?

This, from a lefty source, does list some things to keep in mind:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/26/1552616/-Russian-Hackers-Altered-Emails-Before-Release-to-Wikileaks
225  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More on Russian Meddling on: July 29, 2016, 08:39:45 AM
second post

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/26/1552616/-Russian-Hackers-Altered-Emails-Before-Release-to-Wikileaks
226  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Interpol calls for open carry! 2.0 on: July 29, 2016, 08:26:37 AM
http://10news.dk/?p=760

Just noticed, this is from from last year , , ,
227  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Global Guerillas: Russian Interference in our election on: July 29, 2016, 08:22:43 AM
The American Autumn
Posted: 28 Jul 2016 03:49 PM PDT

Some thinking you might find useful.  It might sound wild and remote, but we are in a wild and out of control year.  ANYTHING can happen.
A treasure trove of e-mail and voicemail messages from the Democratic National Committee has been leaked.  Here's what happened.

   The first installment of the leaked e-mails was released by Wikileaks at the start of the DNC convention.  More leaks have and will follow.

   The contents of the leak show a brazen attempt by the DNC to help Hillary win the primary.  It also shows Dem campaign staffers to have acted inappropriately and in a prejudiced manner.

   Based on forensic analysis of the leak, it appears that the Russian government is involved
The effects of the leak have been immediate and intense.

   The leak provided the confirmation to Sanders supporters that the primary was rigged against them.  This has led to intense protests both within and outside the convention.  This suggests that the Clinton campaign lost a large number of Bernie supporters forever.

   The media and the US government reaction to the leak has been aggressive.  They claim that the release is a brazen attempt by Putin to influence the US election by helping Trump win. There have been attempts by the media to tie Trump to Putin but those lack evidence of any connection.

   Further, now that the Russian have interfered in our election, it's possible that they will do again.  This could be done through more leaks or as Bruce Schneier has pointed out: a hack of poorly secured voting machines on election day. 
Where could this end up?  This is the interesting part.  This election isn't a normal election.  It is also a good demonstration of something the great scholar of warfare, Martin van Creveld said ~ if you fight barbarians long enough, you become a barbarian too.

   The Trumpification of the Establishment >>  Trump isn't running a campaign, he's running an open source insurgency (see my earlier article on this) that makes him nearly immune to personal attack, and it is working.  He has secured a whopping 7 points (47 to 40) lead over Clinton in a recent national poll by the LA Times/USC -- despite the fact that nearly EVERYONE in the media, academic, government, and political establishment is working against him.  This loss of control has infuriated the establishment, leading to increasing levels of paranoia, hyperbole, and anger (particularly in the media).  In short, the establishment is starting to act increasingly like Trump does -- exaggerating and amplifying everything.

   Intentional Electoral Disruption.   The potential threat of Russian hacking (voting machines, etc.) fits the scenario I outlined in my freakishly popular US Civil War article from earlier this year.  With the tension between the divisions in the country increasing rapidly as both sides amplify and exaggerate every event, any overt attempt to rig (through disruption or hacking) the outcome of the election could result in widespread violence and/or a national fracture.

   The Administrative 'Coup'.  Here's something that I didn't think possible until this week.  The Trumpified establishment might have found an avenue for disqualifying Trump as President:  Trump's rhetorical suggestion that Russian hackers should find Hillary's deleted e-mails.  This has led many people in the establishment to contend that Trump committed 'treason and is now a clear and present danger to the security of the US.'  This national security angle -- the overt interference by Russia in US governance -- could make it possible to block Trump as a candidate on national security grounds.
 
228  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Global Guerillas: The American Autumn-- Russian Meddling on: July 29, 2016, 08:22:09 AM
The American Autumn
Posted: 28 Jul 2016 03:49 PM PDT

Some thinking you might find useful.  It might sound wild and remote, but we are in a wild and out of control year.  ANYTHING can happen.
A treasure trove of e-mail and voicemail messages from the Democratic National Committee has been leaked.  Here's what happened.

   The first installment of the leaked e-mails was released by Wikileaks at the start of the DNC convention.  More leaks have and will follow.

   The contents of the leak show a brazen attempt by the DNC to help Hillary win the primary.  It also shows Dem campaign staffers to have acted inappropriately and in a prejudiced manner.

   Based on forensic analysis of the leak, it appears that the Russian government is involved
The effects of the leak have been immediate and intense.

   The leak provided the confirmation to Sanders supporters that the primary was rigged against them.  This has led to intense protests both within and outside the convention.  This suggests that the Clinton campaign lost a large number of Bernie supporters forever.

   The media and the US government reaction to the leak has been aggressive.  They claim that the release is a brazen attempt by Putin to influence the US election by helping Trump win. There have been attempts by the media to tie Trump to Putin but those lack evidence of any connection.

   Further, now that the Russian have interfered in our election, it's possible that they will do again.  This could be done through more leaks or as Bruce Schneier has pointed out: a hack of poorly secured voting machines on election day.  
Where could this end up?  This is the interesting part.  This election isn't a normal election.  It is also a good demonstration of something the great scholar of warfare, Martin van Creveld said ~ if you fight barbarians long enough, you become a barbarian too.

   The Trumpification of the Establishment >>  Trump isn't running a campaign, he's running an open source insurgency (see my earlier article on this) that makes him nearly immune to personal attack, and it is working.  He has secured a whopping 7 points (47 to 40) lead over Clinton in a recent national poll by the LA Times/USC -- despite the fact that nearly EVERYONE in the media, academic, government, and political establishment is working against him.  This loss of control has infuriated the establishment, leading to increasing levels of paranoia, hyperbole, and anger (particularly in the media).  In short, the establishment is starting to act increasingly like Trump does -- exaggerating and amplifying everything.

   Intentional Electoral Disruption.   The potential threat of Russian hacking (voting machines, etc.) fits the scenario I outlined in my freakishly popular US Civil War article from earlier this year.  With the tension between the divisions in the country increasing rapidly as both sides amplify and exaggerate every event, any overt attempt to rig (through disruption or hacking) the outcome of the election could result in widespread violence and/or a national fracture.

   The Administrative 'Coup'.  Here's something that I didn't think possible until this week.  The Trumpified establishment might have found an avenue for disqualifying Trump as President:  Trump's rhetorical suggestion that Russian hackers should find Hillary's deleted e-mails.  This has led many people in the establishment to contend that Trump committed 'treason and is now a clear and present danger to the security of the US.'  This national security angle -- the overt interference by Russia in US governance -- could make it possible to block Trump as a candidate on national security grounds.
 
229  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump and Hillary on Erdogan on: July 29, 2016, 07:55:10 AM
http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/trump%E2%80%99s-unsettling-response-turkey%E2%80%99s-islamist-tyranny
230  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ul Fukra Islamist running for office in Alaska on: July 29, 2016, 07:50:25 AM
https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/exclusive-sanders-delegate-member-fuqra-terror-cult  

Many Muslim groups say Ul Fukra is a jihadi organization

http://www.clarionproject.org/news/muslims-join-clarion-call-ul-fuqra-be-foreign-terrorist-org
231  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen. Bernie Sanders had Islamist delegate on: July 29, 2016, 07:49:37 AM
https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/exclusive-sanders-delegate-member-fuqra-terror-cult
232  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Libertarian and Green candidates on: July 29, 2016, 12:05:42 AM
http://usuncut.com/politics/hillary-clinton-foreign-policy-record/
233  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media, Ministry of Truth Issues on: July 28, 2016, 11:46:09 PM
 shocked shocked shocked

That said, the point of Open vs. Closed is quite correct as are the comments about the costs of Closed.  What is utterly missing however is any kind of realistic assessment of the costs of Open in the current context.

The vapidity of the analysis is staggering.
234  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders on: July 28, 2016, 03:50:31 PM
How about having it for both the Green and the Libertarian?
235  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: July 28, 2016, 03:49:18 PM
1) I'm NOT pleased with how he phrased this  angry angry angry

2) and WTF with making those comments about Crimea?
236  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / So, it would appear DNC death is still mysterious despite overblown claims? on: July 28, 2016, 03:44:27 PM
Second post

http://www.snopes.com/seth-conrad-rich/
237  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: July 28, 2016, 03:43:34 PM
Simply outstanding Doug!  Thank you!!!
238  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Delta Force scores on: July 28, 2016, 03:04:24 PM
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/02/u-s-snags-key-isis-leader-as-fight-for-mosul-gets-underway/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=*Situation%20Report
239  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / This man spoke at the Dem Convention on: July 28, 2016, 09:14:53 AM
http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/26/islamic-radical-homosexuality-rejecting-convention/
240  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 1100 Secret donors tied to Clinton Slush Fund remain secret on: July 27, 2016, 09:37:36 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html
241  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 1100 Secret donors tied to Clinton Slush Fund remain secret on: July 27, 2016, 09:37:13 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html
242  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bernie does business after all on: July 27, 2016, 09:36:09 PM
http://conservativetribune.com/hillary-bought-off-bernie-sanders/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_campaign=ConservativeBrief&utm_content=2016-07-28
243  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cultural contrast on: July 27, 2016, 01:26:45 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoTD3bHWYAA-gTt?format=jpg&name=large
244  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dick Morris fills in the background on Bill's speech on: July 27, 2016, 01:12:12 PM


http://www.dickmorris.com/hillary-bill-left-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports
245  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Economist on Turkey in 1924 on: July 27, 2016, 01:11:10 PM
http://www.economist.com/node/11829711

246  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Kaine kissing up to Muslim Brotherhood on: July 27, 2016, 11:24:12 AM
http://counterjihad.com/tim-kaine-promoted-group-federal-prosecutors-call-overt-arm-muslim-brotherhood
247  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Prediction: This will be an immunization by the IRS for Hillary on: July 27, 2016, 10:54:26 AM


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-27/irs-launches-investigation-clinton-foundation
248  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Donald Trump goes for $10 minimum wage on: July 27, 2016, 10:52:45 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289361-trump-backs-10-federal-minimum-wage
249  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Knife Rights on: July 26, 2016, 07:47:34 PM
http://dailysignal.com/2016/07/25/knife-rights-the-unseen-side-of-the-second-amendment/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tds-fb
250  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen. Tim Kaine's Islamist ties on: July 26, 2016, 07:37:15 PM
https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/clinton-vp-pick-tim-kaines-islamist-ties
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